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to increase in size. The superficial veins are se-en more distinct and
enlarged. The nipples are harder, firmer and more prominent, and the
areolae surrounding them become wider and darker. By the third month
a clear, transparent secretion can be squeezed out of the nipples on pressing
the breasts. This contains colostrum or milk, as pregnancy advances.
Milk has, however, appeared in the breasts of women who have not been
pregnant. Jago5 reports a case in which a woman, who had never been
pregnant, had a copious flow of milk from her breasts, and suckled a child
of another woman. David Krestin6 also reports the case of an unmarried
woman, aged 25 years, with hymen intact, who had enlarged breasts, which
yielded milk on compression due to enlargement of the pituitary fossa.
After the sixth month silvery lines or striae similar to the linea?
albicantes of the abdomen are seen especially in^^prEnlparae on account of
the stretching of the skin.
All these changes may occur from various uterine and ovarian diseases.
Sometimes, they also occur independently of pregnancy when women have
reason to expect it shortly after marriage or after illicit intercourse.
Rarely, pregnancy may occur without any changes in the breasts, or the
breasts may even diminish in size after the middle of pregnancy.
These changes are also of very little di